Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps! On November 10th the Marine Corps will mark its 222nd birthday. Around the world, Marines will take a moment to celebrate the establishment of a unique organization that has played a key role in the history of the United States and the world.
Part of the many celebrations that day will be the proud playing of the Marine Corps Hymn. Since 1867, everywhere they have served, Marines have stood at attention for the hymn.
The Marines were the first American military service to have an official song or hymn.
The author of the hymn's lyrics is unknown. Some sources say the author was an enlisted Marine on duty in Mexico during the Mexican-American War. According to none other than John Philip Sousa, the music was taken from Offenbach's "Genevieve de Brabant", a popular French comic opera in the 1870's.
The Hymn lyrics make note of two of the Marine Corps great victories, the Battle of Tripoli in 1805 ( Shores of Tripoli) and the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847 (Halls of Montezuma). The lyrics also mention the positive character traits so important to the Corps such as bravery, determination, and pride.
The Marine Hymn has three verses. The third is my personal favorite and I think sums up the core beliefs of our Marine comrades.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heavens scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
Semper Fi, Marines
And November is more than the Marine Corps Birthday at Post 154. We have dinners every Thursday At 5pm ( big hand on the 12, little hand on the 5 for my Marine friends). We have live music every other Sat. night at 7:30pm. NFL games with various delicious munchies on Sunday afternoon ( Go Lions!). And the pulltab machines have been paying off! Come on down to your club. All we need is you.